Thursday’s Thoughts

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ben-postFrom our lovely Valorie of Morbid Romantic, we have this week’s Thursday’s Thoughts Question of the Week…

What event in history or historical person do you feel had the greatest influence on the modern world and why?

The rules of entry are just oh so easy:

  • Leave a comment below with your intriguing and thought provoking answer.
  • Post about it on your blog.  That’s the best choice… really… it is.  You can put lots of pretty pictures on your answer. Leave a comment with your link.
  • Be a superstar and put one of the two pieces of amazing artwork (hee hee) below on your post with your answer.  We love that!
  • Have your answer in my 7pm P.S.T. on Thursday, February 19th.
  • Spread the word. 

What do YOU GET for this amazingly trudgerous activity?


  • You get added to the fabulous, amazing, world-renown… Thursday’s Thoughts BLOGROLL
  • You are the annoited one to choose the Question of the Week for the next week’s Thursday’s Thoughts. 

How groovy is that?

Once a month, the Thursday’s Thoughts MEME will have a giveway (book or otherwise) to accompany the MEME.  The other three weeks are just for the love of the MEME and the fun thought-provoking questions to write about. 



Oh.. and for my entry… I’m going with good, ole’ Benji!  I mean electricity and libraries?  WOW!

Benjamin Franklin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


In office
October 18, 1785 – December 1, 1788
Preceded by John Dickinson
Succeeded by Thomas Mifflin

In office
1765 – 1765
Preceded by Isaac Norris
Succeeded by Isaac Norris

In office
1778 – 1785
Appointed by Congress of the Confederation
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Thomas Jefferson

In office
1782 – 1783
Appointed by Congress of the Confederation
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Jonathan Russell

In office
1775 – 1776
Appointed by Continental Congress
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Richard Bache

Born January 17, 1706(1706-01-17)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died April 17, 1790 (aged 84)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality United States
Political party None
Spouse Deborah Read
Children William Franklin
Francis Folger Franklin
Sarah Franklin Bache
Profession Scientist
Signature Benjamin Franklin's signature

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705]  – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he supported the idea of an American nation[1] and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible.

Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic Puritan values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of Henry Steele Commager, “In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat.”[2] To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin, “the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.”[3]

Franklin became a newspaper editor, printer, and merchant in Philadelphia, becoming very wealthy, writing and publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack and the Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin was interested in science and technology, and gained international renown for his famous experiments. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall College and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. From 1775 to 1776, Franklin was Postmaster General under the Continental Congress and from 1785 to 1788 was President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he became one of the most prominent abolitionists.

Franklin’s colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers, has seen Franklin honored on coinage and money; warships; the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, namesakes, and companies; and more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references.









winnerOur Winner Is…

Carrie K. of Books & Movies


Carrie… you have the option of choosing the next Thursday’s Thoughts Question which will be the weekly MEME/Contest post on January 31st and shall run through February 5th.  We’d love you to submit the question!  Carrie, you also make the Thursday’s Thoughts Blogroll!  Congrats!

Tomorrow will post the next Thursday’s Thoughts… Your Family’s Favorite!  In addition, for a RESULTS POST, to see which dinner guests got the most votes, visit  It’s interesting to see who won!

Special thanks to Valorie… who is always the best participant and to Jason for giving my favorite response:

Kurt Cobain – Awesome Musician

Abraham Lincoln – Cool Beard

Tupac & Notorious BIG – Because I would Like to see how they would handle themselves at a dinner party

Jim Henson- Who doesn’t love the muppets

Nicole Simpson – to finally get to the bottom of this

For all interested in how close you came, here’s the randomizer:

There were 114 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. carrie k
  2. christina g
  3. samantha p
  4. book psmith
  5. sue s
  6. melinda
  7. ilissa
  8. denise
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  10. sandy
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  94. valorie m
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  100. sue s
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  112. michelle
  113. daphne r
  114. sue s

Timestamp: 2009-01-23

winnerCongratulations to Sue at Books, Books, The Magical Fruit!

Sue… I have to ask… my grandpa used to sing this little lyrical song at the dinner table…

Beans, Beans, that magical fruit

The more you eat, the more you toot

The more you toot, the better you feel

So, have some beans with every meal!

Is that what it is from? 


Do the books you read enter your Dream World?

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely a night-reader!  Don’t get me wrong, if I have time during the day, I’ll hit the book and grab whatever I can out of the time allotted.  But, mostly it’s me and the night sky sharing a tale that an author poured so much of his passion and love into.

As my reading has increased and my television input has dramatically decreased, I am noticing that my dreams have changed, as well.  I’m curious, does this happen to you, fellow bloggers and readers?  Do you see elements of the book’s story-line enter your dreams?  Do the characters appear in your dreams?  If so, are the characters a representation of a part of your personality… like they say we project in dreams?

This week, I am reading The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson and the narrator of the novel is a male burn victim from a car accident (his car went over a cliff and caught on fire).  So far, my dreams have included me falling from a cliff and me eating exotic foods (the book describes many foreign foods).  My goodness… well, the food dreams… not so bad… but the cliff one… not so much!

This Weeks Thursday’s Thoughts:  Tell us whether not reading has affected your dreams.  Do you see the characters of the stories in your dreams?  Or, is it rather a part of the story-line that integrates itself into your dreams?  Do you remember your dreams?  Do you dream vividly, or not that you can remember at all?  What do your dreams represent to you?

This weeks give-a-way: Any book from valued at $15 or under.  I will have it shipped directly to your address!

How to Enter:  Simply write a post on the above topic on your Blog-Site.  In my comments section, below, leave a link to the post so that all the readers can link to it.  If you’re a non-blogger, a typed response is sufficient in the comments section below.. just leave a quick comment or two. 

Oh… SO SORRY… I just realized that I forgot to explain the deadlines… ugh.  So sorry!  Just have them in by Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 3:00PM PST.  You can also email me your entry and I’ll post it for you.   My email is

Last, but never least, the winner to last week’s Thursday’s Thoughts: What’s Your Most Memorable Moment is Shana from Literarily!  Shana:  Is it $15 at SnapFish or GRAB BAG SUPRISE?

Congratulations, Shana! 

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We’ve Got our BBAW Winners

Thursday’s Thoughts proudly announces the winners of the two contests held in honor of BBAW – Book Blogger Appreciation Week. 

First, we had a contest in which we wanted to know about your experience with blogging.  Alessandra of Out of the Blue takes home the prize for this contest with her wonderful post on her blogging experiences.  Thanks, Alessandra!

Our second contest was “What is Your Gem of a Book?”.  Serena stole that contest with an exceptional post at Savvy Verse and Wit.  Serena will be suprised with a GEM… via USPS… Hope she likes it!

Keep in mind, there is a contest for this week’s Thursday’s Thoughts, What’s Your Most Memorable Moment?  Winners will be announced next week along with next Thursday’s Thoughts’ contest.

Thanks to all who participated and I look forward to our continued weekly meme contest!



Thursday’s Thoughts 9.18.08:


Tell Us About Your

Most Memorable Moment!

Now, I’ve been learning quite a bit about you bloggers and readers out there in “internet land.”  It’s such a pleasure to learn about your blogging experiences, the books you love, and your collections.  But, this week… let’s dive a bit more into the personal!  Let me tell you why.

My sister-in-law, Terra, and my brother, Bill, have just had their first baby boy, Aaron.  OK… so I’m the smitten kitten auntie and got to hold him for like 2 hours today… ahhh the smell of a baby and those cute little sounds!   Anyway, as Terra and I sat and had “baby talk,” I was reminded of so many wonderful memories of when my twins were little, sweet, cute, cuddly, and didn’t talk back to me!  Yes, I can remember the lack of sleep and how hard it is right after you have a baby (or, two), but once it’s been a while.. say, a DECADE, you nearly forget how hard it was and can only remember those sweet, wonderful memories fondly.  Is that God’s trick into conning us into having more kidlets?  Hmmm… question for another day!

In any event, I had so many beautiful “flashbacks” today of my babies, breastfeeding, and pivotal “growing up” milestones.  Which one was the most memorable?   Is my most memorable moment with them?  Or, is it a private moment of a victory that I earned alone?  Perhaps, it was falling in love with that guy of my dreams (yes, you know who you are…).  It’s hard for me to pick just one.  I’ve been blessed with so many.

Much to many other mothers’ dismay, I don’t think that giving birth to my girls was my most memorable moment.  I understand from many that  most mothers say that is the greatest moment(s) of their lives.  Others, recite their wedding day as the greatest moment.  With me… such a colorful and checkered past… I’m not really sure which one is the overall “best.”

What I can say, is that I miss those days when the twins were babes and into toddlers… like when they were taking a bubble bath together while we listed to the Lion King Soundtrack.  Man, could those kids blast out “The Circle of Life!”  Sometimes, we’d sing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid… (“what do they call them… oh, feet.”)  Those songs forever emblazoned in my brain.  Is that a good thing?  Oh, and Feety Pajamas and Winnie the Pooh.  And, “bah-bah’s” and swings and paccies and blankies.  And that little plastic elephant swimming pool in the backyard where the water would fountain out of his trunk and the girls would try to catch the sprinkles.  When they got mobile… and I had to remove everything but the couch and TV from the room and encircle us in a tremendous gated area… just so they couldn’t escape and head two directions on me.  I sang little made-up songs to them and called them everything but their real names.

I told Terra today that one of my most memorable moments is when the twins would first wake up in the morning… and scoot out of their toddler beds.  I’d be sitting, waiting for them in the middle of their carpeted floor with my legs and arms stretched wide open.  Each twin would take a leg/arm and we’d group hug and rock until the sleepy eyes were fully open and food started to be mentioned.  Today,  I can’t hold their entire bodies in my arms anymore, and they’re nearly as tall as me.  What I’d give to go back and do it one more time… just one more day.

What is/are your most memorable moment(s)?  I know it’s a personal question… very personal.  But, I’m looking at this as an opportunity to get to know my new “friends” a little bit better.  Besides, you might find a lot of joy in reminiscing.  Tonight, we turned on The Lion King… some things never change… they pointed to the TV – “Elephants,” “Monkeys,” “Giraffes,” “Birds, Mom…”

That’s right… some things never change!

This week’s Thursday’s Thoughts Contest:  Please describe your most memorable moment(s).  For the bloggers out there, please write it via a post and put that good ole’ link in the comments section below.  For the readers who don’t blog, please leave it in the comments below and make sure I have your email address, in case you win!  Deadline is Wednesday, September 24th at midnight, PST.  The prize, you ask?  Your choice… a $15 Gift Certificate/Credit to SnapFish.Com or “Grab Bag”.  Grab Bag is something funky and unique, with no ryhme or reason… and just for fun!